Each day I bear witness to the frustration of people living out a life that bears no relation to who they really are. They forever put off living a life of awesomeness in pursuit of:
- security (or so they think)
- a rehearsal of their autobiography
- living up to the expectation of others
Even if you have a dream, you dare not think outside your limited purview. Yes, you might have read about and be inspired by someone who has made it big, but you know that you lack the self-belief to go beyond your (current) safety zone.
My message is simple. If you have a passion – and it matters not what it is (in my book, the more esoteric the better) – then for heaven’s sake pursue it.
The greatest challenge in my work is to empower people to believe. Too often we are swayed by our history and give up even before we start. Indeed, our inner critic is a master at destroying our fragile level of confidence. Just as we think we about to make the leap, it moves out of the shadows and whispers mischievously “Who do you think you are kidding?”
As someone who invested my soul in the business of work, without ever considering my real passion, I know all too well what it feels like to go through the weary, tiresome motions that leaves you feeling cold and disengaged. Each day grew harder and harder, to the point where it strangled my inner spirit – I was literally dying from the inside out. In the end the only driver – if you can properly call it that – was the money. And what a stinker that was. All it did was drive me to compete against everyone else (well at least I could say I was the highest paid – as if!).
If you have a passion for something, then you owe it to those you love to pursue it. If you think you can put it off for some time hence – not that old retirement chestnut – then you are deceiving yourself. In fact, by the time you get to the stage where the circumstances are just right, it’s likely the fire that once burnt so bright will have dimmed to a point that hardly warrants the effort of rekindling things.
The thing about passion is that once you get started, if you are truly inspired, you don’t need a 7 Step Programme to make things happen. Passion, in all its glory, is enough to carry you over the threshold and on to great things.
Passion doesn’t just have to translate into starting a business. It could just as easily see you working with and inspiring others; or travelling; or any number of things.
My point is, you don’t need to read masses of material to know what to do. You know what to do.
So, as they say, let your spirit soar, and unleash your passion on the world.